Weather: 85°, overcast, increasing humidity
Time: 32 minutes
About this hike: I can only think the heat and increased humidity slowed me down today. I really expected a better than 32 minutes.
There were a lot of kids up there today, which I blame on the public schools being on fall break. I realize instilling a love of nature/hiking in your kids is a good thing, but seriously, couldn't parents/scout leaders go to South Mountain or Papago--preferably trails that aren't double-black diamonds?! Kids freak out at railings. Kids fall and get hurt. They're nearly as bad as dogs (which people continue to bring despite the ban).
Anyway, I'm just being a grumpy hiker. I am continually thankful for our city's trails, mountains, and preserves, and the fact that parking at trailheads remains unmetered!
Overall an enjoyable hike and I got to watch the crazy clouds building in all around the Valley. Word is there's a monsoon on the way this week...